The 7-member Inspector General Selection and Retention Committee will meet at publicly noticed meetings to begin the processes for hiring an Inspector General. The role of the committee is set out in Sec. 602.305 of the City Ordinance Code.

Sec 602.305. Selection, Term, Contract, Removal and Vacancy.

(a) Selection.  The responsibility for selecting the inspector general shall be vested with the Inspector General Selection and Retention Committee, hereinafter, the "Committee".

The Committee shall be composed of seven members selected as follows: (1) The President of the Jacksonville City Council or his or her designee (2) The State Attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee; (3) The Chair of the Jacksonville Ethics Commission or his or her designee; (4) The Chair of the Jacksonville TRUE Commission or his or her designee; (5) The Public Defender of the Fourth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee; (6) The Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee and (7) The Mayor of the City of Jacksonville or his or her designee. The members of the Committee shall elect a chairperson who shall serve until the Inspector General is confirmed by the City Council. The Committee shall select the Inspector General with no less than 4 members approving the appointment from a list of qualified candidates submitted by the Jacksonville Employee Services Department. The Committee's selection is subject to confirmation by City Council.

(b) Term. The Inspector General shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years.  The Committee shall convene at least six (6) months prior to the end of the four-year contract term to determine whether to renew the contract of the Inspector General or to solicit new candidates.

(c) Contract. The Chair of the Committee, in coordination with the Office of General Counsel, shall negotiate a contract of employment with the Inspector General. The Inspector General shall be an appointed employee exempt from civil service and shall be entitled to all rights and benefits normally accorded to appointed employees.

(d) Removal. The Inspector General may be removed based on specified charges initiated by the Committee for the following:  neglect of duty, abuse of power or authority, discrimination, or ethical misconduct.  The Inspector General shall be provided sufficient advance notice of the reasons for the possible removal, and shall be given an opportunity to be heard on the charges. A decision of the Committee to remove the Inspector General must be approved by a minimum of four members of the Committee and be confirmed by the City Council.

(e) Vacancy. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Inspector General, the Committee shall appoint an interim Inspector General until such time as a successor Inspector General is selected and assumes office. The Interim Inspector General shall meet all qualifications provided herein for the Inspector General.

Meeting Information

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2017 - 2018
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2016 - 2017
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October 14, 2016 October 14, 2016 (amended) October 14, 2016 October 14, 2016
November 7 2016 November 16 2016 November 16, 2016 November 16,2016
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March 22, 2017  Amended Notice March 22, 2017  Amended Agenda March 22, 2017 March 22, 2017
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Committee Members

Chair of Ethics Commission

Ywana Allen is the owner and Chief Strategist for Thomas & James Consulting, which specializes in helping nonprofit organizations and professional athletes to impact lives and transform communities. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications & Broadcast Journalism from Bethune-Cookman University, and dual Masters Degrees in Educational Leadership and Public Administration from the University of North Florida. A member of the Jacksonville Ethics Commission since 2012, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Police Athletic League and the UNF MPA Stakeholder Advisory Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with friends and family, especially her son, Cayden.

Chair of TRUE Commission

Danny Ferreira was born and raised in Jacksonville, where he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School. He retired from CSX Transportation, Department of Revenue Accounting, after 40 years of service. Ferreira is an active member of North District 6 Citizens Planning Advisory Committee, Sheriff’s Watch, North Jacksonville Civic Association, and G.R.E.A.T. Rescue of NE Florida. Ferreira enjoys spending time with his 8 grandchildren, global travel, civic affairs, mission work, and boating.   

Chief Judge

Judge Mark Mahon is a native of Jacksonville and a third generation attorney.  He graduated from Florida State University in 1978 with a degree in business and from FSU law school in 1981.   Mahon worked as an Assistant State Attorney from 1981 – 1984 when he joined the private practice of law with his father Lacy Mahon Jr.  He subsequently practiced law with his father and they were joined in private practice by Russell Healey in approximately 1987.   While in private practice, Mahon was named to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and served as chair for two years and was elected to the Florida  House of Representatives in 2000.  In 2007, Mahon left the private practice of law and the legislature after being appointed Circuit Court Judge by Governor Charlie Crist.   Recently, Judge Mahon was elected to serve as Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit beginning in January 2015.   Mahon is the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Mary, for 18 years. 

City Council President

Anna Brosche is a Jacksonville native, grew up in Murray Hill and is an at-large member of the Jacksonville City Council.  The daughter of a retired Senior Chief (DKCS) from the U.S. Navy who hails from Hagonoy Bulacan Philippines, Anna is proud to be the first Asian American elected to Jacksonville City Council and the first female Filipino American City Council member in Florida.  She is wife to Dave, Commander (CDR) in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and mother of three children.
Anna  is managing shareholder of Ennis Pellum & Associates CPAs, and has over 20 years of accounting, auditing, and business management experience. In addition to leading the firm of 35 people, Anna leads the firm’s audit practice and has had an instrumental role in building the firm’s culture that is the foundation of 19 local, state, and national awards:  the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Best Places to Work and Partners in Philanthropy, 904 magazine’s Company with Heart, Florida Trend’s Best Companies to Work For, and Accounting Today magazine’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For.  The firm serves public and private companies primarily in the Northeast Florida region and has five practice areas:  accounting, tax, audit, technology, and business advisory services.
Anna obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration (Accounting) and Master of Accountancy from the University of North Florida.  She started her career at Ernst & Young LLP and then served as Finance Director for a technology law firm.  Anna is a certified public accountant licensed in Florida and Georgia.
Anna is active in the community and has a long history of mentoring young business professionals and business owners.  Anna has served on the Boards of Directors for:  United Way of Northeast Florida (Chair), JAX Chamber, JAX Chamber Foundation, University of North Florida Foundation, University of North Florida Coggin College of Business Alumni Chapter, Ritz Chamber Music Society, and the Women’s Giving Alliance.


Mayor of Jacksonville

Mayor Lenny Curry is the 44th Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida and was sworn in on July 1, 2015. Prior to being elected, Lenny Curry had always been involved in a number of local and state civic organizations. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a South Jacksonville Rotarian. He has served as a Jacksonville Symphony Association Board member, a Southside United Methodist Church Finance Committee member, and as a “Bigs in Schools” big brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He was a Jacksonville Housing Commission Board member, a Commissioner of the Florida State Boxing Commission, and a Junior Achievement Board member. He has also served as the Viceā€Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and as a State Committeeman for the Duval County Republican Party.

Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit

Charlie Cofer was born in Radford, Virginia.  His father was a Methodist minister, and his mother was a high school teacher.  He graduated from Duke University in 1974, and from law school at the University of Virginia in 1977.
Cofer served as an Assistant Public Defender for over 18 years, including 10 years as a member of the Homicide Team.  He handled more than 63 contested jury trials, and 26 homicide trials.  Cofer was appointed as a judge in 1998.  He was re-elected to that position three times. During his 17 years as a judge, he handled over 78,000 criminal cases and over 27,000 civil cases. Cofer resigned his position as a Duval County Judge on November 30, 2015, in order to run for Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial. He won the general election and took office on January 3, 2017.

Charlie Cofer served as President of the Dad’s Club at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School; Chair of the Southside United Methodist Church Kindergarten; Chairman of the Pastoral Counseling Center in San Marco; President of the River City Swim League; and President of the Board of Governors of San Jose County Club.

State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit

Melissa Nelson took office as State Attorney for Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit on Jan. 3, 2017. She leads a group of more than 100 attorneys and 200 staff who represent the people of Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties primarily in criminal matters.  Nelson previously spent 12 years in the office as an assistant state attorney from 1997-2009. During that time, she served as a felony division chief and handled a wide range of criminal prosecutions including capital homicides, white collar matters, sex crimes, and crimes against children. 
Following her time in the public sector, she spent seven years with the international law firm, McGuireWoods. There, Nelson represented colleges and universities in higher education matters as well as businesses and individuals in business litigation. Armed with those past experiences, Nelson successfully pursued the lead prosecutor’s role in mid-2016 on a “tough but fair” platform that sought to restore trust in the office of the State Attorney.
Nelson earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She and her husband, Jason, live in Jacksonville where they raise their three children.